Aliyu ready to be major fixture in El-Kanemi’s survival race
By George Akpayen
Abdulrazak Aliyu has been in big time football for years now, and has played for top sides like Enyimba, Kano Pillars and Rangers, but has now pulled on the white and yellow shirt of El-Kanemi Warriors where he wants to help them beat the drop this season.
The midfielder knows that their current 13th position on the Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) puts them in an uncomfortable standing considering they are just one point above the drop zone.
And up next for Aliyu and his El-Kanemi teammates is a trip to FC Ifeanyiubah who have found themselves in the bottom-three and are in dire need of a result to ease their worries.
Aliyu is wary of the important trip to the southeast to face FC Ifeanyiubah which he believes will shape up their campaign to survival relegation this term.
“Our position on the table is not where we want to be but we have found ourselves there and we just need to prove that we have the fight. I am ready to give my best to make sure that El-Kanemi do not go on relegation. We have a good team and a very good coach so we are confident of surviving.
“Our concentration now is our first match against FC Ifeanyiubah once the league resumes. It is an important match for us especially now that we find ourselves just close to the relegation zone. They (FC Ifeanyiubah) are also battling relegation so I expect it to be a tough match,” said Aliyu to npfl.ng.
The defensive midfielder also played down any target for personal glory and would rather focus on contributing to lift the Borno club further up the NPFL standings.
“Personal target for me is to just to help my team win matches. The more matches we win is better for me as that will help us climb the table. As a player, of course, if I get the chance to score goals I will do so but the first and most important concern for me will be to help my club win and escape relegation,” he said.
Aliyu has made 18 appearances so far for El-Kanemi Warriors this season.